Hot pot
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Hot pot is less of a dish than it is an experience, encapsulating the communal dining ethos that so many Western restaurants have only recently taken on. Think of it as an adaptation of the stone soup fairy tale: you team up with a group of friends to cook an…


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“There simply is no pill that can replace human connection. There is no pharmacy that can fulfill the need for compassionate interaction with others. There is no panacea. The answer to human suffering is both within us and between us.” — Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

We had an extended family reunion…


Tiles are laid out in three rows that reads Mental Health Matters. A hand places the M down.
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“At the root of the dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg, or your brain, it is still an illness and there should be a distinction .” — Michelle Obama

I want to share a fantastic writer with…


Thank You Text
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“Please remember to over — do it on gratitude this week — your own practice and with others. Stress increases our natural negativity bias making it even harder to get through this tough time. Gratitude reminds us of all that is good amidst the difficult.” -Nataly Kogan

I want to…


A Close-Up View of a Vaccine Vial on White Background
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“More than 180 million Americans, including more than 80 percent of people over age 65, are fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19.” — NIH Director’s Blog

Anyone who received Moderna’s two-shot mRNA vaccine or J and J’s one-shot viral vector vaccine earlier in the year is most…


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Vaccines protect us
Trigger an immune response
Prevent infection

Sciku is a portmanteau word for scientific haiku, the structure of haiku with the subjects of science and mathematics. — The Sciku Project

Mechanism of Action of Vaccines

A vaccine works by training the immune system to recognize and combat pathogens, either viruses or bacteria. To…


I noticed that most of my food, science, and technology articles are receiving high external views.

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The external views mean that many people are reading my articles through various online search results. I only share my posts occasionally on Twitter, where I recently became a member. …


Squirrel with fluffy tail on dry tree twig
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“The first pleasant days of spring come out like a squirrel and go in again.” — Henry David Thoreau

Rascally squirrels
That will skitter and scurry
Spreading the chestnuts

A recent study published in the journal Animal Behaviour found that golden-mantled ground squirrels display four personality traits: boldness, aggressiveness, activity…

B.R. Shenoy

Wife. Mom of 2. Biochem & Chem Tox, M.S. Former Expat in Brazil, France, & Japan. Writing about Science, Technology, Writing, Nature, Parenting, & Poetry.

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